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Intelligence Analysis Summer Program (Undergraduates)

About the Program

The National Security Agency's Intelligence Analysis (IA) Summer Program offers rising college seniors the opportunity to receive training in a variety of cryptologic disciplines. An intensive 12-week program that runs from the end of May through mid-August for undergraduates entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program, the IA Summer Program consists of formal classroom instruction, workshops, and on-site facilities tours to build knowledge and skills about NSA and the Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) process. This training is combined with an apprenticeship to senior NSA analysts for intensive, in-depth development work exploiting communications for vital strategic intelligence targets. Participants conduct extensive independent research on current foreign intelligence issues using numerous data sources while employing cutting-edge analytic tools and state-of-the-art tradecraft, resulting in a final product delivered to the sponsoring analytic office. The projects and the accompanying analysis become part of NSA's effort to provide a complete SIGINT picture to U.S. policy makers, military commanders, and other Intelligence Community (IC) members and partners.

While gaining an understanding of NSA, major SIGINT processes, analytic tools, and the U.S. IC, the students bring a fresh infusion of academic thinking to advance NSA's understanding of the targets and to make a significant contribution to its mission. Applications can be submitted here.

Specific skills gained include:

  • Understanding modern digital communications
  • Analyzing network structure
  • Developing background on intelligence topics
  • Using advanced analytic tools in multiple operating system environments
  • Executing advanced query techniques within extensive classified and unclassified databases
  • Understanding the structure and processes of NSA and the U.S. IC
  • Conducting independent research and coordinating results with analysts in other disciplines across NSA's intelligence production organizations
  • Preparing and presenting SIGINT findings to help satisfy customer requirements

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted May 15th - October 15th each year.


Students are paid a competitive salary commensurate with their education level.


  • Receive annual leave, sick leave and paid federal holidays
  • Participation in agency-wide extracurricular programs
  • Students who attend schools in excess of 75 miles from Ft. Meade, MD are eligible for a round trip airfare ticket to and from school or mileage reimbursement up to the cost of a government-issued airline ticket.
  • Daily transportation to and from work is not provided. Students participating in the program are highly encouraged to bring a vehicle. Carpooling with other students MAY be available but is NOT guaranteed.
  • Subsidized housing accommodations are available upon request if school is located in excess of 75 miles from NSA main HQs campus


  • Must be a U.S. citizen
  • Must be eligible to be granted a security clearance
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher is preferred.
  • Must be a full-time undergraduate student entering the final year of an undergraduate degree program.
  • Must be available for the entire 12-week program
  • Major studies areas of consideration:
    • International Affairs/Politics/Relations
    • Intelligence/Security Studies
    • Regional Studies
    • Economics
    • Psychology
    • Decision/Information/Data Science
    • Note: Minors/Certificate programs or multiple courses in computer science, networking, technology, or telecommunications areas are highly sought.
  • Must be available for an operational interview and other applicable processing between May and March

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted online on or before October 15th. Applications received after the deadline and incomplete packets will not be considered.

To submit a resume online during an open season, click on any "Apply Online" link. Under "Basic Job Search," type keywords "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click on "Search." Select "Intelligence Analysis Summer Program" and click "Apply Now." Follow the directions as prompted.

To be considered for the Intelligence Analysis Summer Program, submit a complete application package that includes:

  • Resume
  • Official transcript (unofficial is acceptable if legible)
  • List of current fall semester courses and proposed spring course schedule

IMPORTANT: When applying online, you may only submit your resume. Please email the requested documentation to

**Applications are not complete without the requested documentation. If you have applied to multiple positions, you MUST follow the instructions on each posting and send your requested documents to each program separately. Documents (including transcripts) will NOT be shared between programs.


If you have questions about the Intelligence Analysis Summer Intern Program, please contact us at 1-866-NSA-HIRE. You may also email or call (410) 854-4726.

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Date Posted: Jan 15, 2009 | Last Modified: Aug 27, 2015 | Last Reviewed: Aug 27, 2015